\ ˈhəsh How to pronounce hush (audio) \
hushed; hushing; hushes

Definition of hush

 (Entry 1 of 3)

transitive verb

1 : calm, quiet hushed the children as they entered the library
2 : to put at rest : mollify
3 : to keep from public knowledge : suppress hush the story up

intransitive verb

: to become quiet



Definition of hush (Entry 2 of 3)

1 archaic : silent, still
2 : intended to prevent the dissemination of certain information hush money



Definition of hush (Entry 3 of 3)

: a silence or calm especially following noise : quiet

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Examples of hush in a Sentence


The woman in the seat behind me was trying to hush her baby. The judge hushed the spectators. The spectators hushed as the judge entered the courtroom.


the storm passed, and a hush fell over the sea a hush fell over the auditorium as the lights went down
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Word has been hushed so far, but the cookie company did retweet a Cosmopolitan article featuring 15-ounce jars of ready-to-eat dough. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "Nestlé Toll House is making cookie dough you are supposed to eat. No, seriously," 28 June 2019 Still, the record has dozens of guest stars, from the comic Jerrod Carmichael to the electro-pop veteran La Roux, scattered across lo-fi interludes and hushed refrains. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "Ed Sheeran and Friends," 22 July 2019 Check out the 5 things podcast Docs released in Trump hush money probe Warrant records related to searches of Michael Cohen's residence and office are expected to be filed publicly Thursday after federal prosecutors concluded their investigation. Editors, USA TODAY, "British Open, Jeffrey Epstein case, San Diego Comic-Con: 5 things to know Thursday," 18 July 2019 This unobtrusive device helps millions of Americans sleep and concentrate by hushing the world around them. Mack Hagood, The Atlantic, "How a Bad Night’s Sleep Birthed the Sound Conditioner," 23 June 2019 There might have been a handful of jerks jeering and celebrating in the moment when Durant first went down, but they were hushed by Golden State and Toronto players. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Kevin Durant playing through injury shows love for game — it's why Toronto fans ended up cheering," 10 June 2019 Absent underhood explosions and shifting of gears, the cabin is hushed and serene. Ezra Dyer, Popular Mechanics, "The 2019 Popular Mechanics Automotive Excellence Awards," 16 Apr. 2019 Echoing what was discovered in Boston and other places, the grand jury report accused senior church officials of hushing up allegations against priests, in some cases by shuffling them from parish to parish. Denise Lavoie, Fox News, "Church sex scandal: Abuse victims want a full reckoning," 15 Aug. 2018 The wind will hush, the clouds will part, the rain will stop, the sky will clear in an instant. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "30 Of The Best Quotes From All 15 Seasons Of Grey's Anatomy," 10 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Although additional embarrassing disclosures about the hush money scheme may still emerge, the legal threat to Trump and his company appears to have been lifted. Chris Megerian, Los Angeles Times, "Federal prosecutors end hush-money investigation involving Trump," 17 July 2019 On the beach, suddenly, a hush spreads over the necropsy team. Nick Hawkins, National Geographic, "6 recent deaths push rare whales closer to extinction," 11 July 2019 Details about their relationship were kept pretty hush and the pair eventually went their separate ways. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Everything You Need to Know About Ian Somerhalder's Love Life," 1 July 2019 Democrats want to focus on five incidents related to possible obstruction of justice by the president plus an incident involving payment of hush money to an adult film actress, according to a congressional aide. Byron Tau, WSJ, "Hope Hicks Refuses to Answer Questions on Time in White House," 19 June 2019 Specifically, Michael Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 in hush money, and Giuliani wants everyone to know that despite reports to the contrary, Trump definitely paid Cohen back. Luke Darby, GQ, "Giuliani Becomes Latest Lawyer to Make the President's Life a Living Nightmare," 3 May 2018 Mayorga's attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, has acknowledged that Mayorga received $375,000 in hush money following the encounter. Ken Ritter, Houston Chronicle, "Prosecutor: Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo won't face Vegas rape charge," 22 July 2019 Mayorga's attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, has acknowledged that Mayorga received $375,000 in hush money following the 2009 encounter. CBS News, "Las Vegas DA declines to bring charges against Cristiano Ronaldo for alleged rape," 22 July 2019 Mayorga's attorney, Leslie Mark Stovall, has acknowledged that Mayorga received $375,000 in hush money following the encounter. Ken Ritter,, "Las Vegas prosecutor says Cristiano Ronaldo won’t face charges after a woman accused the soccer star of rape in 2009," 21 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The documents had been filed in June but withheld from public view as part of Mayorga’s lawsuit alleging that Ronaldo or his associates allowed word to become public last year of a $375,000 hush-money settlement with Mayorga in 2010. Washington Post, "Ronaldo lawyers file documents after Vegas rape case ruling," 7 Aug. 2019 From glowing hushes to powerful proclamations, the singing was finely focused, tautly tuned and eloquently expressive. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "D-FW connections abound in N.M. performances by pianist Haochen Zhang and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale," 6 Aug. 2019 The word pierced a momentary hush that had settled over the packed courtroom, where a line of people stretched out into the hall. Megan Molteni, WIRED, "Man Found Guilty in a Murder Mystery Cracked By Cousins’ DNA," 28 June 2019 The rhythm of the day slows and the expansive loggia is enveloped in a tranquil hush. Monica Lander, The Mercury News, "Sponsored: Spectacular Italian-style Eagle Ridge estate," 11 June 2019 The hush-money payment to McDougal remained secret until The Wall Street Journal published a story about it days before Election Day. Fortune, "Records Detail Frenetic Effort to Bury Stories About Trump," 18 July 2019 There was a hush in the auditorium and then everybody clapped, including the men. Beth Thames |,, "Ladies who lunch, and why men should too," 10 July 2019 This was followed by a coverup orchestrated by the Nixon administration, including the president himself, which included hush-money payments to the burglars and efforts to obstruct the FBI’s investigation. Karl Rove, WSJ, "John Dean’s Watergate Business Model," 12 June 2019 The legal filings seek to void the hush-money agreement and award Mayorga and her lawyers monetary damages of at least $200,000. Washington Post, "Ronaldo rape lawsuit in Vegas moved from Nevada to US court," 5 June 2019

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First Known Use of hush


1546, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1602, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1650, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for hush


back-formation from husht hushed, from Middle English hussht, from huissht, interjection used to enjoin silence

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English Language Learners Definition of hush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make (someone) quiet, calm, or still
: to become quiet



English Language Learners Definition of hush (Entry 2 of 2)

: a time of silence, stillness, or calm especially after noise


\ ˈhəsh How to pronounce hush (audio) \
hushed; hushing

Kids Definition of hush

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make or become quiet, calm, or still : soothe He hushed the baby.



Kids Definition of hush (Entry 2 of 2)

: quiet entry 1 A hush fell over the room.

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